"Mexican Drug Cartels Are Growing Marijuana in
U.S. National Parks and Forests,"
News Brief, PRFA, August 2007
Pres. Bush Executive Order for Cooperative Conservation
- August 26, 2004
Pres. George W. Bush directed the Departments
of Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and the Environmental Protection
Agency to promote cooperative conservative conservation, emphasizing
local participation. he directed agencies to take appropriate
account of and respect the interests of
persons with ownership or other legally recognized interests
in land and natural resources. His directive requires an annual
report on the implementation of the order by each agency to the
President's Council on Environmental
Quality. It sets the stage for a White House Conference on Cooperative
Conservation in one year.
Letter from Fred Grau, State College, Penna. to The
Honorable Robert C. Jubelirer, Pennsylvania State Senate, May
Letter protesting possible confirmation of
Kathleen McGinty by default, without a Senate vote, and urging
that the McGinty confirmation be decided by a roll call vote
of the Senate.
"McGinty Nomination Withdrawn"
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell withdrew, at least temporarily,
Katie McGinty's name from consideration to head the Department
of Environmental Protection. (PRFA, April 24, 2003)
Pennsylvania - Urgent Action Alert!
Oppose the Appointment of Katie McGinty as Secretary of the Department
of Environmental Protection (PRFA, Jan. 31, 2003)
January 24, 2002 Action Alert:
IN THE HOUSE
"Son of CARA" Has Already Passed the Senate
Alert-Letters, Telephone Calls, and Faxes urgently Needed"
The $45 billion Conservation and Reinvestment
Act would automatically funnel $3.1 billion annually into an
untouchable trust fund to buy up private land and preserve natural
of Representatives to Consider CARA, The $44 Billion Anti-Private
Defeated last year, the Conservation and Reinvestment
Act passed the House Resources Committee on July 25.
Callahan Stands Up for Private Property at CARA Hearing"
The president of the American Association
of Small Property Owners offered unflinching testimony at the
June 20 Congressional hearing on H.R. 701
June 24, 2001
Rights Battle Cry: Field Hearings for CARA"
American Land Rights Association's campaign gathers steam.
Twenty-one Congressmen have signed on to a letter asking for
local hearings on CARA (HR 701).
Alliance for America
of property rights and wise use groups)
American Association of Small Property Owners
(Expert in small urban property investor issues.
American Land Rights Association
(Leads fight against
congressional land grabs)
American Policy Center
(Incisive monthly reports about issues related
to government overzealousness, private property rights, internationalism,
Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation
Defending Illusions - Federal
Protection of Ecosystems
By Allan K. Fitzsimmons
3192 Rivanna Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192
This book examines the science, philosophy, and law of ecosystems
management and shows how
efforts to make federal protection of ecosystems the centerpiece
of national environmental policy are driven by religious veneration
of Mother Earth wrapped in a veil of science.
Robert H. Nelson, A Burning
Issue-A Case for Abolishing the U.S. Forest Service (Rowman
& Littlefield, 2000)
Examines the history of government management of National Forests,
from the near-century of bureaucratic incompetence to the present-day
philosophy of "management" toward imagined pre-colonial
conditions, leading to catastrophic wildfires.
Additional information and latest on the Klamath Basin
Mythological Native American" - Cannibalism, Headhunting
and Human Sacrifice in North America, A History Forgotten
by George Franklin Feldman (Alan B. Hood & Co., Chambersburg,
Penna. 2008), Book Review by Peter J. LaGrasse, full version
of edited review that appeared in the New York Property Rights
Clearinghouse Vol. 17, No. 2 (PRFA, July 2013)
Contrary to common perceptions, pre-Columbian Native Americans
were far from noble in their actions toward each other and often
had a profoundly negative impact on the environment. To try to
restore the landscape to pre-Columbian "wildlands"
is a deception.
Issues Facing Congress" by Jim Streeter, Staff Director,
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, U.S.
House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Address to the Sixteenth
Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
Latham, N.Y. October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of
This thought-provoking talk ranged through a number of topics
affecting both federal and private land: federal land management
and the effect on school systems in the West, invasive species
studies without action, National Park concessions, setting bounds
on federal authority, laws to define harassment by feds per Supreme
Court dissent, collusion and lobbying with federal grants, feds
and environmental groups targeting private properties, land adjoining
federal land and heritage areas, mis-directing border control
funding toward endangered species "damage,"
common sense in protecting species, defunding sustainable development
grants, attacks on Tea party groups who oppose sustainable planning,
history of federal lands, choosing language, the property rights
movement, court decisions and legislative opportunities, experiences
sought for hearings.
Land: Who Benefits and Who Loses" - by Susan Allen,
A book review of Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists
Are Destroying Our National Heritage by Elizabeth Nickson
(N.Y.: Harper Collins 2012)
How the environmental movement broke the rural economy. The
result of an international journalist's research across
North America and beyond after she delved into what was behind
the preservationist obstruction of the building of her eco-sensitive
house in British Columbia.
Wilderness Corridors Masquerading as Land Management Refinements"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights
Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 1 (PRFA, Spring 2011)
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's
Strategic Plan for its 442 state forests comprising 786,000 acres
outside the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves focuses
on ensuring connectivity for wildlife movement between large
"matrix blocks" of state forests maintained
as mature cover connected with wide, natural strips of land with
a high percentage of forest cover. This system would enhance
connectivity though deep forested areas from Ontario to Georgia.
Tax Cap Threatens 125-Year-Old Covenant to Pay Local Taxes"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America,
Inc., February 12, 2009
When the New York State Legislature established the Adirondack
Forest Preserve, the Legislature followed the recommendations
of the official commission, which concluded that because the
protection of the forest "would be chiefly for the
benefit of the rest of the State," the State should
"hereafter bear taxes upon its lands in the Adirondack
region." It may take 125 years, but with control
of much of the land, preservationists control the tax base and
Proposed State Tax Cap Would Be A Tax Outrage" - By
Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
Reduced size version (pdf) of advertisement that appeared in
the Adirondack Journal, January 31, 2009
A cap on the State payment of property taxes to localities
within the 6,000,000-acre Adirondack region would gradually cause
a damaging and destructive shift of the tax burden to the already
restricted and weak local economies. Fair play demands that the
Legislature's long-established doctrine to pay local taxes
- "Farmers Fight
Back in the New Jersey Highlands" - By Devlen Mackey,
Owner, Mackey Orchards, Belvidere, New Jersey; Eleventh Annual
National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany,
N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Farmers, local government, and developers are opposing the
state regional zoning law, the New Jersey Highlands Regional
Planning and Water Protection Act, which imposes 88-acre zoning
and exploits endangered species rules in Hunterdon, Warren, and
other northwestern New Jersey counties to stop the use of land.
The law is said to be intended to protect the watershed for drinking
water, but sewers to keep flow from Lake Hopatcong are prohibited
by the Department of Environmental Protection.
from Congress" - By Jason Knox, Esq., Member of Legislative
Staff, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Forests and
Public Lands, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.;
Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
(PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Part of the legislation that Nancy Pelosi would like to ram
through Congress is H.R. 6 to take, Chavez-like, the contracts
of oil companies awarded to drill on the outer continental shelf
during the Clinton Administration. A National Heritage Area omnibus
bill (H.R. 1483) would accomplish the Journey through Hallowed
Ground and Niagara Falls National Heritage Areas, among others.
The Niagara Falls area would involve the National Park Service
in casinos. H.R. 2016 would do away with multiple use in BLM
lands, making billions of acres into defacto wilderness.
for Our Time" - Book review by
Nathaniel R. Dickinson, Property Rights Foundation of America,
Review of Warriors for the West by William Perry Pendley
(Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2006)
Perry Pendley, president and chief legal officer of Mountain
States Legal Foundation, chronicles the heroic battles of westerners
for freedom and land rights in the face of bureaucrats, environmental
groups and judges who are destroying the rights to land, the
viability of local communities, and freedom itself.
- "RICO Action-Rancher
Stops BLM Access Extortion" - By Karen Budd-Falen, Esq.,
Senior Attorney, Budd-Falen Law Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Tenth
Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
When officials of the federal Bureau of Land Management used
repeated harassment to try to intimidate Frank Robbins into granting
an easement across his property, the owner of High Island Ranch
in Wyoming sued the individual officials under RICO, the Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The Tenth Circuit Court
of Appeals ruled in favor of Robbins.
- "The Endangered
Species ActCan It Be Reformed?"-Robert J. Smith,
President, Center for Private Conservation & Adjunct Environmental
Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Tenth Annual National
Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October
The Endangered Species Act was conceived to control people,
not to save species. It has never worked for its supposed purpose
to save species. The Endangered Species Act created incentive
to destroy red-cockaded woodpecker habitat in Boiling Springs,
North Carolina. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was backed
down by bad publicity after trying to force tree farmer Ben Coon
of North Carolina to put his land under their extreme red-cockaded
woodpecker restrictions. Congress is unlikely to reform the ESA
- "Yes, Our
President Has a Clear Mandate and the Will of the People Must
Be Heeded" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, November 10, 2004)
The election of 2004 gives President George W. Bush the opportunity
to correct the Administration's neglect of so-called environmental
matters. Issues such as endangered species, wise use of the National
Forests, and oil drilling need to be tackled with intelligence.
The influence of radical environmental groups must be challenged
in America" - By Robert J. Smith, President, Center
for Private Conservation & Senior Adjunct Scholar Competitive
Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; Speech to the Eighth
Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany,
N.Y. October 23, 2004)
The federal government owns about one third of the American
land. All government landownership is between 42 and 48 percent
of the land in the United States, the most socialized land system
in the world.
Land Designation Threatens Northern New Jersey Communities"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, December 8, 2003)
The New Jersey delegation maneuvered the "Highlands
Stewardship Act," with $110 million for land acquisition,
into the "Healthy Forest Restoration Act,"
the bill that Western states ardently sought to reduce the risk
of catastrophic forest fires, but the addition was stripped in
- "Open Range
Warfare The 2003 Version" - By Ron Zumbrun (Reprinted
by permission, from The Daily Recorder, City of Sacramento,
October 13, 2003)
Plumus County, California adopted an open range ordinance,
forcing property owners to allow cattle grazing. Jack and Millie
Herzberg are suing for trespass and illegal rent control. They
want full compensation and liability insurance.
would create Highlands Stewardship Area - $25 million fund would
tie up land in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, August 27, 2003)
Wealthy New York interests, non-profits, recreationists, and
preservationists have been working for over ten years on a grandiose
greenway from the Delaware River across northern New Jersey,
southern New York just north of the metropolitan region, and
western Connecticut. A new bill in Congress will direct money
from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to buy up land.
- "The Corps of Engineers' Columbia River
Estuary Fiasco" By Jim Starr, Contributing Writer
(PRFA, March 2003)
Dredging, tern, and salmon smolt pose conflict. The Corps
of Engineers' dredging has created islands from which
tern prey on juvenile salmon, but the Corps' doomed approach
to reducing predation is heavy-handed and based on fallacy.
- "Maine Is
Not Alone in Experiencing Rural Cleansing" - by Nate
Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, November 2002)
A review of Professor Jon Reisman's speech "Rural
Cleansing in Maine," which was delivered at the Sixth
Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights.
- Asst. Sec. of
U.S. Dept. of Interior responds to LaGrasse (DOI Letter,
June 18, 2002)
Commenting specifically on LaGrasse's March 10, 2002
letter to DOI, Lynn Scarlet, Asst. Secretary, Policy, Management
and Budget, responded, "With respect to your recommendation
that endangered, threatened and rare species restoration should
be contracted out, the President's Management Agenda does
call for a greater focus on competitive sourcing...We share your
desire for transparency and a wide range of partnerships for
Holds Stacked Hearing on Conservation Tax Credits" -
By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, May 4, 2002)
Fifty percent capital gains tax break would shift title to
private land and conservation easements to land trusts and government.
Land trusts, members of Congress, and big industry testify exclusively.
However, articles give visibility to property rights activists'
objections to Administration proposal.
Court Rejects 'Categorical' Compensation for Temporary Taking"
By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, April 27, 2002)
Justice Stevens writes that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
took only a "temporal slice" of the property
interest by imposing lengthy building moratoria. No compensation
to landowners is required. The troublesome ruling broadly affirmed
the justice of central planning, but left open room for "ad
hoc" appeals for compensation for temporary takings.
to Kit Kimball, Director, Office of External and Intergovernmental
Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Interior" - From Carol W. LaGrasse
(PRFA, March 2002)
This letter gives ideas for reform to incorporate in DOI's
five-year strategic plan. Wildlife restoration and land acquisition
should take place under transparent processes and be privatized,
eliminating corporatism between government and non-profit organizations.
Management of DOI land should promote private property rights,
while protecting human life, adjacent lands, rural communities,
wildlife and the environment, to produce raw materials, provide
recreation, and reduce eco-colonialism.
- Don Fife's Page (Updated
June 6, 2002)
An environmental geologist, Don Fife has served four secretaries
of the interior as an appointee/advisor for the 25-million-acre
California Desert Conservation Area. His incisive topics range
from "Greens Force Strategic Mine Out of BusinessCommunist
China now controls supply of rare minerals" to "Locoweed
Closes 48,000 Acres of Alogones Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Park."
(Updated February 11, 2002)
Basin farmers fall victim to the Endangered Species Act"-Reprinted
by permission from Wyoming Agriculture, June 2001, published
by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.
Using the Endangered Species Act this year, the Fish and Wildlife
Service and the Bureau have turned off the water to protect the
shortnose and Lost River suckers, although they are neither endangered
nor harmed by the farmers' water use.
- "The Los Alamos
Fire" - Carol W. LaGrasse, reprinted from
Positions on Property, Vol. 5, No. 1 (PRFA, July 2000)
The danger of widespread wildfire caused by federal mismanagement
of government-owned land.
Landownership and Control" - Robert J. Smith,
Senior Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute,
Washington, DC, from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual N.Y.
Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1999)
- Letter to
Honorable Pat Roberts, Chairman, House Agriculture Committee,
from W. L. Harris, Holcomb, Mississippi, September 22, 1995.
This letter describes how rice farmer W. L. Harris, after
recovering from severe financial problems common during the 1980's,
tried to exert his lease back - buyback rights, but the Farmer's
Home Administration (now the Farm Services Agency) placed wetlands
easements on the 1004 best acres, prohibiting him from doing
anything but paying taxes on the land.
- "The End
of the Long March-Environmentalism's Iron Grip" - Carol W. LaGrasse,
excerpted from full article by that title in Positions on
Property, Vol. l, No. 2 (PRFA, May 1994)
This penetrating article presaged the national concern about
the potential for the unlimited power of environmental regulation.